Things To Do in Truckee – Summer Activities

In the scenic and rustic town of Truckee, you’ll want to be outside as much as possible, taking in the surrounding area and Old West-feeling downtown. And good news — Truckee things to do in the summertime let you commune with nature and celebrate the great outdoors to your heart’s content. Familiarize yourself with the area with a private or self-guided tour. Summertime Truckee activities like hiking and biking trails also let you experience the peaceful setting while getting in a little (or a lot of) exercise as you meander through trails in the valley, mountains or along reservoirs. The state parks in the area offer a wilderness escape where you can take advantage of Truckee things to do, like hiking, picnicking or even on mountaineering expeditions.

Truckee things to do include organized outdoor activities too. Bike parks are popular in Truckee, so you can practice your jumps or have fun just watching the masters perform their tricks. When you’re in a vibrant town like this one, there’s no reason not to immerse yourself in the community, and a warm weather Truckee activity like a trip to a farmers’ market offers an excellent way to interact with locals and enjoy regionally produced goods. When it’s later in the day, head downtown on Thursday summer evenings for a street fair.

Cool Off With Truckee Things to Do

If all of this bustle makes you work up a sweat, cool down with a dip in Donner Lake. Truckee things to do feature a variety of watersports, kayaking, paddleboarding or zipping along in a powerboat. For the thrill seekers, rafting trips get you in the twists and turns of the rapids in the Truckee River. With all of these happenings, you can stay busy as much or as little as you’d like. Check out the listings below to see what Truckee summer activities will fill your visit with excitement.

Summer Activities by Category

Clair Tappaan Lodge

19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-3632

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge was constructed in 1934 by Sierra Club volunteers and, just like Donner Summit itself, the rest is history. The stunningly rustic mountain lodge offers accommodations for up to 145 guests, many of whom are cross-country skiers and snowshoers in winter and hikers, rock climbers and cyclists in summer. The lodge... read more

Hang Gliding Tahoe

2640 E. College Parkway, Carson City, NV
(775) 772-8232

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it has to offer. But as the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet ... not until you’ve seen it from the air, piloting your own aircraft over the Carson Range and into the Tahoe Basin. With Hang Gliding Tahoe, you fly a powered hang glider with an instructor along... read more


12219 Business Park Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 214-0711
1901 Airport Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(530) 544-2211

Anyone can drive around the lake, and it's a nice way to spend an afternoon. For a little more exclusive trip, you could take a cruise on one of the local yachts or paddleboats. But if you really want to experience the area in a way that will give you the memories of a lifetime and make you the envy of your friends and family,... read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Of course Northstar at Tahoe Resort has skiing, but its range of offerings make the longtime Truckee fixture a four-seasons must visit. With upgrades, remodeling and the addition of a mid-mountain Ritz Carlton hotel, Northstar has upped its game in recent years. Considered to be the resort for families looking to ski on the North Shore, there is now more challenging terrain to be had... read more

Tahoe Adventure Company

7010 N. Lake Boulevard, Tahoe Vista, CA
(530) 913-9212

Tahoe Adventure Company is a way to access any outdoor adventure in Lake Tahoe. Whether it is rock climbing or kayaking, mountain biking or hiking, Tahoe Adventure Company prides itself in creating custom recreation tours that connect exactly with what the guest desires. They add a ton of local knowledge to each of their trips. They also offer paddleboard rentals and cruises. Other fun experiences... read more

Tahoe Donner

11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to... read more

Tahoe Sports Hub

10095 W. River Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-4510

The Tahoe Sports Hub is full of gear for every adventure sport for every Sierra season. From watersports, the trail and granite in summer to skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing in winter, Tahoe Sports Hub either sells it or rents it. There is an on-site bicycle shop that sells bikes and gear as well as offering bike repair and rentals. Other summer fun can be had... read more

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District

8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Take a look around and it’s clear that Truckee is a special town: history, mountains, lakes, river and forests. But there are many hidden gems known mostly to locals. The thing is, those gems are kept shining by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Some of the amenities and facilities managed by the district are accessible for free,... read more

West End Beach

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
15962 South Shore Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Lake Tahoe, 15 minutes away, gets all the attention, but Truckee has a gem of its own: Donner Lake. While not as big and broad as Big Blue, Donner Lake offers up a good bit of watery fun too. One of the best places to access Donner is West End Beach. In summer months during the day, there is a modest admission fee to enter... read more